TL;DR – Don’t miss the supermoon! On Wednesday (July 13), the moon will arrive at its closest point to the Earth for 2022.
Rare events like ‘supermoons’ often excite suaku Singaporeans like me. According to NASA, at around 5pm today, the moon will arrive at its closest point to the Earth for 2022. Get your cameras ready if you’re into these phenomenon (or just wanna flex on social media) as well!
Did you know that the ‘supermoon’ started getting attention in March 2011, when the magnitude 9.1 Tohoku Earthquake earthquake struck off the northeast coast of Honshu on the Japan Trench? It so happened that 8 days later, a full moon coincided with perigee and immediately some claims were made that this could have served as the trigger for the massive Japanese quake. People were saying that supermoons can cause ‘geophysical stress’ and it started gaining traction. Internet rumours… Of course, the the idea is ridiculous! Well, a supermoon may have some impact on seismic activity, but so far, there is no clear evidence that any of these phenomena influenced the Japan earthquake and tsunami.
Rare Strawberry Moon last month
Just last month, Singaporeans also shared many, many gorgeous photos of the rare strawberry supermoon on social media. According to news report, it was the lowest full moon of the year, making it appear bigger and brighter than usual – around 23.3 degrees above the horizon, according to NASA. Did you catch it?
During a supermoon, a full moon can appear up to seven per cent larger than a normal full moon, and appear 14 per cent larger and 30 per cent brighter than a ‘micromoon’. Excited yet? Keep a lookout!